The Sweethearts Project

The Sweethearts Project

by Kit McClure

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Overview

The Sweethearts Project

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were an excellent big band active during the first half of the 1940s. They were also the top all-female jazz orchestra of all time, making a strong impression but only a handful of recordings before breaking up. In 2002, saxophonist Kit McClure had her own all-female big band pay tribute to the Sweethearts by recording their repertoire and in most cases their original arrangements. What is even more impressive than the apparent ease that the modern band adapted itself to the vintage charts is that the soloists play creatively within the swing idiom. Carline Ray, a survivor from the Sweethearts, has two vocals along the way and among the key soloists are McClure on tenor, trumpeter Tanya Darby, and pianist Cathy Harley. This well-conceived tribute, although a bit brief, is a constant joy and a success both historically and musically.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2004
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0616892579724
catalogNumber: 5637362259

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kit McClure   Primary Artist,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Kim Clarke   Bass
Laurie Frink   Trumpet,Soloist
Sue Hadjopoulas   Percussion
Carline Ray   Vocals
Bernice Brooks   Drums,Soloist
Claire Daly   Baritone Saxophone
Barbara Laronga   Trumpet,Soloist
Liesl Whitaker   Trumpet
Nicki Parrott   Bass
Lisa Parrott   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Tanya Darby   Trumpet,Soloist
Kristy Norter   Tenor Saxophone
Cathy Harley   Piano,Soloist
Erica Vonkleist   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
International Sweethearts of Rhythm   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes,Author
Kit McClure   Arranger,Producer
Marian McPartland   Author
Jesse Stone   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Maurice King   Composer
Cathy Harley   Arranger

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